A head of service for charity Midland Mencap has signed up to take part in the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run on 18th October, alongside 20 colleagues.
Edd Terrey, 33, from Warwick, used to weigh in excess of 21 stone and had a 44 inch waist before he decided to turn his life around nine years ago.
He said: “I saw photos of myself at a party and that’s the point where it clicked. I realised how sick I was of being so unhealthy; of getting out breath walking short distances, and of not being able to find any clothes that fitted me. After a trip to the doctors and hearing some difficult home truths I decided I needed to make a change.”
Edd didn’t adopt a particular diet, instead he incorporated regular exercise into his lifestyle and started eating healthily.
“Weight loss is all about sustainability. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not about a change in diet – it’s about a change in lifestyle. If you’d told 24 year old me that I’d be running a half-marathon one day I would not have believed you,” Edd explained.
He is training for a triathlon in August, so Edd’s training combines running, swimming and cycling.
He is running for the charity he joined in January as Head of Children and Young People Services. Midland Mencap provide a wide range of different services for people living with physical and learning difficulties.
To donate to Edd’s cause, please visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MidlandMencap15
To sign up for the run, please visit: www.greatrun.org/Birmingham